Student Information

Updated Sept. 28, 2020 | Questions? Email

Important Dates to Note

  • There will be no planned on-campus activities beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (There may be exceptions made for COB BIOS Research Track students.) All classes and exams between Thanksgiving and winter break will be delivered remotely. All students on COM clinical rotations and PsyD practicums should continue as scheduled through the end of the year.

  • For spring semester, students must return to Kansas City or Joplin according to the following schedule in order to comply with the University’s 14-day quarantine guideline:
    • COM Class of 2024 – in place by Jan. 4 for Jan. 19 on-campus activities.
    • COM Class of 2023 – in place by Jan. 11 for Jan. 25 on-campus activities.
    • COB and PsyD – in place by Jan. 4 for Jan. 19 on-campus activities.

  • Spring Break will occur as scheduled: March 8-12, 2021. All classes and exams will be offered remotely for the 14-day period after spring break. 

COVID-19 Surveillance Randomized Testing

In July, as we began to reawaken our campus, KCU conducted COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and employees returning to campus. As we continue to assess the spread of the disease within our campus community, beginning the week of Sept. 28, KCU will facilitate a COVID-19 surveillance randomized testing program for students and employees who are currently engaged in on-campus activities. 

Surveillance” testing means sampling a percentage of a specific population (our student and employee population) to monitor for increasing/decreasing prevalence (of COVID-19) and to determine the population effect from community interventions (such as physical distancing).

(Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

FAQ - COVID-19 Current Testing

Surveillance testing is generally used to monitor for a community- or population-level occurrence, such as an infectious disease outbreak, or to characterize the occurrence once detected, such as looking at the incidence and prevalence of the occurrence. Surveillance testing is used to gain information at a population level, rather than an individual level, and results of surveillance testing can be analyzed in aggregate. Surveillance testing may sample a certain percentage of a specific population to monitor for increasing or decreasing prevalence and to determine the population effect from community interventions, such as physical distancing and wearing masks.

Pool testing combines samples from several people and conducts one laboratory test on the combined pool of samples to detect COVID-19. Pooling is used for scenarios such as returning groups of workers to a workplace, returning students to campus or increasing campus activities. If a pooled test result is negative, then all the samples can be presumed negative with the single test. If the pooled test result is positive, each of the samples in the pool will need to be tested individually to determine which samples are positive.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The objectives of this essential step in our “Reawakening” plan are to:

  • Successfully mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19 in a more cost-effective and streamlined way;
  • Address trends and prevalence of the spread of the disease;
  • Allow for early detection; and
  • Provide for timely decisions on intervention.

Random samples of students and employees will be selected and tested for COVID-19 based on their on-campus schedule. Those who are randomly selected will be notified by email with the date and time of testing along with further details. If selected, you are required to participate unless otherwise exempted.

Any member of the campus community who fits the following criteria will be exempt from this randomized testing:

  • Develops symptoms of COVID-19 or becomes aware that they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. These individuals should engage with Score 1 and follow the protocol guidance provided.
  • Is now asymptomatic but has tested positive for COVID-19 from previous testing efforts during the last 90 days.

Please call Score 1 for Health, 1-877-425-0251, to report your symptoms and receive instructions.

COVID-19 Activity Risk Guidelines and General Questions

  • Despite the last ‘required on-campus’ activity taking place on Nov. 9th/11th, KCU is able to utilize any time up through Nov. 24 to schedule required on campus activities in the event that items need to be rescheduled or switched around.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to stay in the KC or Joplin areas (or at least within the 4 state area for the sake of not needing to quarantine) until the 24th of November. From Nov. 25th - start of spring semester, travel outside of the 4 state area is permitted; a two-week quarantine will be expected of students upon their arrival back to KC.

KCU will be providing flu shots. These will be administered on two TBD dates within the month of October. Watch your email for additional details in the coming weeks.

If one attends in-person worship, you must maintain CDC recommended safety precautions for gatherings and events – 6’ distancing, wearing masks, no hugging or hand shaking. If your place of worship does not provide the ability to take these precautions, it would be reasonable for one to assume that it is not as safe as it should be with respect to public health during the pandemic. In order to protect yourself and the KCU campus community, the University suggests you consider worshiping virtually at least through the remainder of this semester.

KCU is voluntarily extending certain reasonable accommodations beyond those which are required by ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

KCU is doing so on a case-by-case basis and provided that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a risk to the campus communities. If you have a need for accommodations, please fill out the COVID-19 Accommodations Request Form.

KCU is voluntarily extending certain reasonable accommodations beyond those which are required by ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

KCU is doing so on a case-by-case basis and provided that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a risk to the campus communities. If you have a need for accommodations, please fill out the COVID-19 Accommodations Request Form.

If one can attend in-person worship and maintain safety precautions – 6’ distancing, wearing masks, no hugging or hand shaking – then there is no problem with answering “no” to this health screen question. If your place of worship does not provide the ability to take these precautions, it would be reasonable for one to assume that it is not as safe as it should be with respect to public health during the pandemic. In order to protect yourself and the KCU campus community, the University suggests you consider worshiping virtually at least through the remainder of this semester.

Campus Access and Events

Access to campus buildings is strictly limited until such time as it is determined that campus access is safe. The library and other study areas will be closed until that time, however library resources are always available through the Library website. In addition, there are virtual fitness classes available through the myKCU website.

Certain classrooms and other learning and meeting spaces are being reconfigured to ensure adequate physical distancing for faculty, staff and students. There will be certain areas of the campus that will be closed at various stages of Reawakening. During Stage 3, you can expect the following areas to be inaccessible until further notice:

Kansas City:

  • Cafeteria
  • Gym and lockers
  • Smith Hall
  • Library
  • SAC
  • Some SEP spaces
    (old OMM Lab, unused 3rd floor, 1st floor wing, and Micro Labs)
  • Kesselheim
  • Butterworth
  • Fourth floor of ADB study space outside the board room
  • Small meeting rooms


  • Cafeteria
  • Library
  • Student lounges
  • YMCA and student lockers
  • Refreshment bar
  • Study rooms
  • Small meeting rooms

KCU has suspended all in-person, face-to-face university activities until it is safe to re-engage in group fashion. Unfortunately, this includes community facing programs that are desperately needed. Our hope is to reconnect with these vital experiences as soon as it is safe and healthy for all participants and providers.

The significance and importance of these signature events remain a treasured tradition at KCU. We want to maintain the symbolic and sentimental nature of the events rather than conduct them virtually as many schools may do. Therefore we will delay the White Coating Ceremony and Pinning Ceremony until such time as we can safely gather in a single venue to celebrate this milestone in your journey toward becoming a physician.

Protective Measures on Campus

Students must comply with at all times protective protocols that include, but are not limited to:

  • Not congregating in groups or forming lines with fewer than 6 feet between each person;
  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; using the alcohol-based sanitizers available throughout the workplace;
  • Covering your sneezes and coughs with tissues, off to the side, or with crook of elbow, and disposing of all tissue properly after one use;
  • Wearing a face mask or face covering unless alone in a private office or work space that is enclosed;
  • Maintaining physical distancing (at least 6 feet between you and others), including on elevators, on stairs and in stairwells, in common areas, in file rooms, in break areas, etc.;
  • Staggering breaks, do not congregate in the break room or in lines for vending machines, and do not share cups, food or utensils;
  • All campus members are expected to participate in the simple steps of Advance Contact Tracing (“ACT”).

Face Masks or Coverings

Donning of face covering is required for all students when in common spaces or areas where physical distance cannot be achieved (i.e. certain cubical areas, etc.). We recognize that people generally find more comfort in choosing their own face coverings, thus, students and employees will use their own masks, whether cloth or surgical.

According to the CDC, there are five criteria for cloth face coverings which should

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Note that other types of improvised coverings, such as scarfs or bandanas, do not meet the above criteria. Also, face coverings are just one protective measure and should not be construed as a substitute for social distancing, personal hygiene and routine cleaning processes. 

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout campus spaces.

Viral Testing

KCU will require that all students submit to COVID-19 saliva testing prior to returning to campus. Until further notice, these tests will be coordinated and directly observed by health professionals on the KCU campuses and will be offered for employees weekly beginning July 27. Earlier testing will be administered for faculty and staff who are required to be on campus on or before July 27. Students will be tested on their respective assigned dates.


Beginning July 13, prior to coming to campus each day, every student must conduct a COVID-19 Health Screening Self-assessment which will include taking your temperature and answering COVID-19 related questions about yourself and those with whom you have been in contact. This assessment will be available through the KCU Safety App. The Office of the Registrar will provide details regarding the access and use of the app.

On Campus Clinical Labs 

For hands on labs with first- and second-year COM students participating in hands-on labs:

  • At a minimum, surgical masks donned at all times with hand sanitizer for all students and teaching clinical faculty. Masks will be made available by KCU.
  • Gloves (non-latex, non-powdered) S, M, L available will be made available in labs for those who desire use, but use will not be required.
  • Safety glasses for students and teaching faculty will be made available at the onset of the fall semester and are required at all times while in lab. Visit the PPE page.

Clinical Rotations & Practicum Rotations

For students participating in clinical rotations or practicums, guidelines of the respective site should be followed relative to protective measures and personal protective equipment (“PPE”). If a shortage of supplies exists at a site or there are concerns about the guidelines in place, students should reach out to the clinical coordinator to discuss a resolution. Additional information is available via Clinical Education and Score 1 for Health.

Research Labs

For students participating in research labs, standard laboratory PPE requirements must be complied with and, where a mask would not normally be required, employees and students must don their personal face mask or covering as described above.

Screening Questionnaire

The safety of our students, employees, families and visitors remain KCU's overriding priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, KCU is monitoring the situation closely and will periodically update any guidance and recommendations based on current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Only approved campus members (faculty, staff, students) are permitted on either the KC or Joplin campus at this time and all who can conduct their work from home, should. In order to reduce the potential risk of exposure and prevent the spread of COVID-19, every day prior to entering campus, campus members must conduct a self-screen. Get started by opening the KCU Safety App on your phone, then tap the Health Screen button.

  • Is your temp greater than or equal to 100.0 F today?

  • Have you returned from any interstate or international travel (except KS, AR, OK) within the last 14 days? 

  • Have you had close contact with, or cared for someone with a presumed case of, or been diagnosed with, COVID-19 within the last 14 days? (Outside of clinical faculty member exemption.)

  • Have you attended a group gathering of 10 or more people inside or 25 or more people outside within the last 14 days where other participants were not in masks and that did not allow opportunities for social distancing?
    • Examples: If you were at an outdoor wedding with 30 people in attendance and people were in masks and there was social distancing in place, you would mark "No" for this question.

    • If you were at a house party with 15 people in attendance and people were not in masks or adhering to social distancing guidelines, you would mark "Yes" for this question. 

  • Are you currently or have you experienced any of the following new symptoms, not attributable to another medical condition: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, respiratory illness, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, decreased or loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea/diarrheal illness?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the questions, you have a Positive Screening. Instructions are below.

Screening Outcomes

The following process will be followed for screening outcomes:

  1. Campus members with all negatives on the questionnaire will be cleared to proceed onto campus. Approval will come in the form of an approval screen (green checkmark and a date/time stamp - see image on right) upon the successful completion of the questionnaire; this is considered a Go screening outcome.
    • The approval screen should be screenshot by campus members prior to arriving on campus.
    • Students will need to display their approval screen on their mobile device when they arrive to the classroom or lab to be checked by faculty or fellows in that classroom or lab space.
    • Employees may be asked to display their approval screen on their mobile device at any time when they are on campus.
    • Being physically on campus without having evidence of a Go screening outcome may result in a conduct policy violation for employees and/or students and may be subject to disciplinary measures.
    • If approved for on-campus activities all campus members should continue to practice social distancing, proper hand washing and sanitizing exercises, and wear appropriate protective measures and PPE as directed.

  2. Campus members with any positives on the questionnaire will not be cleared to enter campus and will be required to stay home; this is considered a No-Go screening outcome.

  3. Individuals who receive a No-Go screening outcome will be directed to contact Score 1 for Health (1-877-425-0251) for additional dialogue and next steps.


What to Do if You Are Sick

Who is my KCU contact?

Score 1 For Health (1-877-425-0251) will be the initial point of contact for all KCU students. Score 1 will assist in the communication to the appropriate college and programmatic contacts to ensure that status of individuals is known while providing a single point of contact and repository for health matter intake and also maintaining a level of confidentiality relative to specific health issues. Score 1 will assist with follow-ups for positive screenings, expanded contact tracing, and general questions.

What if I have a Positive Screening?

Students with any positives on the screening questionnaire, exhibiting symptoms and/or have a temperature greater than 100.0 will be required to stay home and make contact with Score 1 at 1-877-425-0251.

Return to campus after a positive screening can be accomplished by passing the self-screen, or clearance from a healthcare provider (i.e. reported symptom that resulted in positive screening was evaluated and attributed to another medical condition).

What if I have a positive COVID-19 viral test?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 during the KCU testing events will be notified by KCU’s Score 1 for Health and will receive instructions for proceeding. Students who do not have a health-care provider within your campus community will be referred to one of KCU’s clinical partners. Return to campus can be accomplished only after receiving clearance from your health-care provider with the criteria of having no fever, improved symptoms, and receiving two negative COVID-19 viral tests in a row, taken at least 24 hours apart.